Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1418
Bootdisk missing support for RTL 8139 ethernet card
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:49 EDT
I wanted to load Red Hat 5.2 on a TEC register recently.
It is a very small unit that can't hold a CD-ROM and you
can't even get at the IDE cable to plug one in unless
you dismantle most of the machine. It comes with a
builtin ethernet card so I was going to install from a
NFS server that had the CD-ROM mounted. The builtin
ethernet card is a RealTek RTL8139 which I had verified
was supported in the Linux 2.0.x kernels. When I picked
an NFS install and was given a list of ethernet cards to
choose from, there was no entry for the RealTek. In the
end I had to pull the whole machine apart and find a
spare CD-ROM I could attach to it to load Red Hat 5.2.
I don't relish doing this with all the TEC's I will be
loading so I hope in the next Red Hat release you will
support this RealTek card at boot time.
Thanks and keep up the great job!
With the chipset you stated, you should have chosen the NE2000-PCI
choice under the install network menu. That should ave worked for your